Detroit Red Wings: Checking In On Danny DeKeyser

By Randy Holt
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

It hasn’t taken long for the Detroit Red Wings to realize they made the right decision in signing Danny DeKeyser. He’s fit right in and has been a boost to their blue line in the brief time he’s been with the club.

The Wings signed DeKeyser out of Western Michigan, pretty much immediately after the conclusion of the Broncos’ season. There were quite a few teams in on him, but with the hometown connection, the Wings were the heavy favorite and completed a deal rather easily.

DeKeyser made his debut with the Wings back on April 5th against the Colorado Avalanche. He actually played over 16 minutes in the tilt, though he didn’t manage to get on the score sheet.

He went on to make his home debut against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. The Wings were shutout, but it hasn’t taken long for DeKeyser to prove that he belongs in this league. Though he hasn’t made it onto the stat sheet, he has looked good overall. He’s playing well at both ends and making solid decisions with the puck, despite a couple of turnovers.

It should only be a matter of time before we see DeKeyser start hitting the box score with some regularity. He projects as an excellent two-way defenseman for the Wings down the line. He’s particularly strong in the defensive end, where he can use his big frame effectively.

DeKeyser has already impressed members of the coaching staff and the Red Wings organization. He’s fit right in with this organization and should prove to be a big addition for their blue line not only in the long run, but right now in particular, where this thin group needed a bit of a boost.

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